COVID 19 and Homelessness

The Oregon Housing Conference is an interdisciplinary educational gathering – online for the first time in 2020 – of experts and advocates discussing issues about housing important to people in recovery from mental illness and addiction.


The Conference in 2020 will include four municipal case studies on COVID 19 and Homelessness within the Ninth Circuit Court.

Municipalities to be studied are Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Portland. Each city is within the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling Martin v. Boise.

The audience for the 2020 Oregon Housing Conference will be national, knowledgeable, and keenly interested in what’s going right with COVID 19 – and what went wrong. We estimate the conference will be attended by 1000 persons – clinicians and healthcare directors, housing developers and administrators, policy-makers, community leaders, law enforcement, and funders.

The Conference provides partial scholarships for full time students and people with lived experience of mental illness and addiction. Partial scholarships come with continuing education credit.

  • Sponsors & Exhibitor sales begin – August 1
  • Early Bird registration for 25% off – August 10
  • Full and partial registration opens – September 1
  • Conference session information available online – September 1
  • Partial Scholarship sale opens – November 1
  • Late registration sale opens – November 1
  • Sponsor sales close – November 20
  • Oregon Housing Conference – December 1 & 2
  • Continuing Education credit available until December 31

Sponsors and exhibitors play a key role in the Oregon Housing Conference. Their participation and contribution helps reduce the cost to attended the conference. We’re planning to provide full registration for 15 credit hours through the National Association of Social Workers for under $100.

The Oregon Housing Conference welcomes people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact the conference coordinator. Requests should be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

Special Presenter – Mark Horvath and Invisible People

If you see a human down, you stop and help. That’s the message Wound Walk OC is sharing.

Founded by Michael Sean Wright, the group provides basic wound care and hygiene services as well as food and drinks to unsheltered people in Orange County, California.

“We can all agree that wounds need to heal. Without care, a nick or scrape can become something serious that no one should go through,” Wright said.

Wound Walk OC Facebook

Invisible Stories is a mini-doc series that goes beyond the rhetoric, statistics, political debates, and limitations of social services to examine poverty in America via a medium that audiences of all ages understand, and can’t ignore.

Watch more Invisible Stories mini-documentaries on homelessness @